The Virginian (1962–1971)
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Dark Destiny 

A horse thief's daughter staying at Shiloh is drafted to help an injured Randy who can't walk due to a spinal injury with therapy. Their frosty relationship changes when Randy gives up and her father escapes jail looking to kill Steve.


Don McDougall


Frank Chase, Owen Wister (novel)


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Episode cast overview:
Lee J. Cobb ... Judge Henry Garth (credit only)
Doug McClure ... Trampas (credit only)
Gary Clarke ... Steve Hill
James Drury ... The Virginian
Brenda Scott ... Billy Jo Conrad
Randy Boone ... Randy Benton
Robert J. Wilke ... Conrad
Cal Bartlett ... Bill
Ross Elliott ... Sheriff Mark Abbott
Edward Faulkner ... Striker (as Ed Faulkner)
Mark Tapscott ... Deputy
John Bryant John Bryant ... Dr. Carl Spaulding
David McMahon ... The Conductor


Shiloh ranch hands catch three men and a girl stealing horses. One of the men is killed by Steve but the others are taken in. The girl, Billy Jo, is the young daughter of the ring leader. The sheriff decides she should stay at Shiloh to prevent problems. While trying to break a horse, Randy bruises his spine resulting in paralysis from the waist down. Billy Jo is assigned the task of helping Randy with his exercises to try and recover. Although initially antagonistic with each other, they develop a closer relationship until Randy feels there is no hope for recovery. Her comments, however, persuade him to attend a local dance and catches the eye of the doctor who feels she would make a good nurse. Her father still exerts influence over her persuading her to supply him with a gun. He and his partner escape jail and arrive at Shiloh expecting to pick up his daughter and extract revenge on Steve for the death of his brother. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

29 April 1964 (USA) See more »

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Revue Studios See more »
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Color (Pathécolor)

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1.33 : 1
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Ridin' That New River Train
Additional lyrics by Randy Boone
Performed by Randy Boone
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Daddy's little girl
13 September 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

This Virginian episode finds Gary Clarke and Randy Boone leading a posse on the trail of some rustlers. When they catch up with them one tries to shoot it out with Clarke and loses. Boone follows and finds it's teenage Brenda Scott, daughter of the rustler leader veteran big screen heavy Robert Wilke.

The sheriff locks up Wilke and Ed Faulkner the gang survivors but for reasons other than charity doesn't charge Scott and she's paroled to Shiloh ranch.

On Shiloh ranch Boone suffers a bruised spine from a fall off a bucking horse. He's lost the use of his legs, but with time and exercise it could heal. It's slow going and he's discouraged. But Scott turns out to be a natural caregiver. But she still has loyalties to her dad.

The episode isn't as good as the others. Scott was as guilty as the others of the rustling and later on she earns some more culpability. You'll have to view the story to see what I mean.

The law is charitable in Medicine Bow.

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